S: Southern Africa - January 2011
BC: Living In My Dreams
FC: Southern Africa | South Africa | Botswana | Zimbabwe
1: There are times in our lives when things happen and we're never really sure why it has to happen to us. Often it is after the ordeal is over when we see the silver lining. When I took time off of work to attend university I quickly realized that I would have a month to do whatever I wanted. So I decided...I'm going to AFRICA! It took some planning and organization, but the trip was booked, the tickets set and the money was out of the bank! No turning back. The 40 hour journey was worth every second of anticipation. Every moment I spent in the south African countries was unbelievable. At the end of the trip I was asked what the best part of the trip was. My response was simply the best part started the moment I stepped off the plane and ended the moment I arrived at home. Each day was a new experience and only enhanced the entire trip as a whole. I don't think I could ever truly explain the feeling of Living in my Dreams.
2: The flight was long, but the 10 hour lay over in Calgary gave me the chance to see Aunty Juliette and Rachelle. My first day in South Africa was spent exploring the city of Johannesburg.
5: The drives were many and long, but the scenery along the way kept me looking out the window.
7: The first day felt like a dream. In the morning, I had to ask someone if we had actually seen giraffes, rhinos and many other animals.
11: Poling Mokoros Relaxation Adventure
15: Many adventures in the Okavango Delta
16: Victoria Falls
18: Mmm...Southern Africa Cuisine
19: While in Zimbabwe we had the opportunity to go to a fancy restaurant and try out some cultural foods. Warthog was by far my favourite. I can say that I tried to eat worms, but they were not as hard and crunchy as they were described. I would describe them as soft and squishy. Not my favourite.
20: Grade 5 Rapids.... | White water rafting on the Zambezi River that borders Zimbabwe and Zambia. Believe it or not the scariest part was the climb down into the gorge.
23: African elephants were traditionally considered too aggressive to train. However, in the early 80's a group of men began to gather female elephants that had been orphaned in their younger years. Through positive reinforcement they managed to created a great friendship with the elephants. The elephants now work with their trainers to educate the people who are lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend time with them. My elephant's name is Lundi.
24: Heads & Tails